Off the Lip 2018

Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi
Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi

Sophia Lycouris
Sophia Lycouris

Angelo Cangelosi
Angelo Cangelosi

19-21 June 2018

Call for Proposals

Crossing the void: Exploring interdisciplinary impact


The worldwide emergence of increasingly complex challenges requires creative solutions that draw on multiple disciplines. This includes interactions with technology, the perceptually accessible world, and collective versus individual knowledge and processes. The Off The Lip 2018 event will draw on experiences and outcomes from multiple disciplinary initiatives, to explore the value and impact of innovative and interdisciplinary collaborations. This event, comprising a symposium embedded in the Cognition Institute conference at Plymouth University (UK) and a subsequent two-day workshop, will promote the growth and development of individual projects, innovative collaborations, and the wider interdisciplinary community.

Symposium (19 June 2018)

Register at https://plymouth.ac.uk/cognition-conference


9:00-9:30Coffee and pastries
9:30-10:20Keynote: Angelo Cangelosi (University of Plymouth) - Developmental Robotics for Language Learning, Trust and Theory of Mind: An Interdisciplinary Journey
10:20 Emmanuel Senft (University of Plymouth) - Safely Teaching Robots to Interact with Vulnerable Populations
10:40 Ilaria Torre (Trinity College Dublin) - Playing with Trust
11:00-11:15 Refreshments
11:15 Thomas Colin (CogNovo, University of Plymouth) - Intention and Insight
11:35 Frank Loesche (CogNovo, University of Plymouth) - Eureka as a Model for 2222 Years of Interdisciplinary Research
11:55 Tara Zaksaite (CogNovo, University of Plymouth) - Effectiveness of Financial Education: Evidence from an Interdisciplinary Research-Project
12:15 Sarah Levinsky, Adam Russel (University of Falmouth) - Tools that Propel: on (not) Knowing in the Body and Time
12:45 - 13:30 Lunch & Posters session
13:30-14:20Keynote: Sophia Lycouris (University of Edinburgh) - Interdisciplinarity and Innovation: Learning from the Arts
14:20 Jacob Downs (University of Sheffield) - Headphones and the Affordances of Technological Intimacy
14:40 Aska Sakuta (University of Chichester) - Embodied flow states and its role in movement performance
15:00-15:15 Refreshments
15:15-16:05Keynote: Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi (University of Warsaw) - Interdisciplinarity in Research on Basic Problems in Cognition: The Case of Relation of Symbols to Dynamics
16:05 Klara Łucznik (CogNovo, University of Plymouth) - Sync To The Others Not To The Movement - The Investigation Into Shared Physiological Dynamics In Dance Improvisation
16:25 Kathryn B. Francis (University of Reading; CogNovo), Ilaria Torre (Trinity College Dublin; CogNovo), Klara Łucznik (University of Plymouth; CogNovo) - Discussion: Endeavouring to be Interdisciplinary
17:15 END

Location: Jill Craigie Cinema, Roland Levinsky Building, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, PL4 8AA, UK

Grant-Writing Training and Writeshop (20 - 21 June 2018)

Independent of the symposium, we are also inviting submissions for the Off The Lip 2018 grant “writeshop” centred around multiple disciplinary endeavours (broadly) or interdisciplinarity as a topic or as a method/practise, and Cognitive Innovation. We invite the submission of a 2000-character summary of grant ideas, to gain a quick overview of all proposals. For the purposes of this writeshop, we ask that you tailor your proposal for a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship, which offers a rigorous format that can be extended to other potential grant applications. You may find it useful to consult other guides to writing successful Marie Curie grants, such as this example. Grant ideas/proposals can be in any stage of development, but we encourage the inclusion of a motivational letter describing what prospective participants aim to derive from the two days, as this will allow us to suggest working groups in advance.

If you want to join this workshop, please, get in contact via email to OTLip18@CogNovo.org.

Keynote speakers

Joanna Rączaszek-Leonardi is a Professor at the Faculty of Psychology, University of Warsaw where she heads Human Interactivity and Language Lab, and at the Institute of Psychology (Psycholinguistics Lab) at the Polish Academy of Sciences. In her research she uses an ecological psychology approach to how action and co-action shapes cognition as well as using a semiotic approach to explore types of signification. She also uses dynamical systems methods for studying communication and coordination.

Dr Sophia Lycouris is interested in interdisciplinary research methodologies, including approaches informed by creative practice. She is also an artist working with movement/dance, choreography, improvisation, and performance for over twenty years, who gradually developed a dialogue with new technologies. Between 2007 and 2011, she was a Director of the Graduate Research School of the Edinburgh College of Art and developed innovative models of doctoral provision facilitating the integration between creative practice and academic approaches.

Angelo Cangelosi is a Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Cognition, and the Director of the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems at Plymouth University (UK). His research expertise is in language grounding and embodiment in humanoid robots, developmental robotics, human-robot interaction, and on the application of neuromorphic systems for robot learning. He is currently the coordinator of the EU H2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie European Industrial Doctorate “APRIL: Applications of Personal Robotics through Interaction and Learning” (2016-2019).


This will be the 4th Off The Lip event organised by CogNovo, an interdisciplinary doctoral training programme at Plymouth University. CogNovo brought together 25 research fellows (alongside principal investigators and industry partners) from a variety of disciplines. It aimed to develop a novel approach to interdisciplinary research training and to motivate much-needed insights into processes of creativity and Cognitive Innovation. To date, the project has generated several high impact publications, long-lasting collaborations, original approaches to formulating research questions, and novel methodologies. We invite you to read last years publication or browse previous event pages of Off the Lip 2015, Off the Lip 2016, and Off the Lip 2017.